Boating

Wear It FloridaNational Safe Boating Week

Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week, from May 16-22. This is a time for boaters to focus on simple, effective steps that make boating safer. This includes paying close attention while operating a vessel and wearing a life jacket on the water. 

A high number of reportable accidents are due to inattention and failure to keep a proper look by the operator.  Many fatal accidents are drownings due to simple falls overboard.  These accidents most likely would not have resulted in a fatality if boaters had worn their life jackets. 

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The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement works to provide safe and enjoyable boating for the people of Florida and its visitors through the effective and coordinated management of our waterways. We will strive to work with all stakeholders when developing rules and making statutory recommendations. We will accomplish this by incorporating sound scientific data, reasonable public input and common sense. We will work to formulate the best solutions possible without jeopardizing our natural resources or our freedoms to navigate.


FWC Facts:
Boats less than 16 feet long must carry at least 3 visual distress signals approved for nighttime use whenever they are on coastal waters from sunset to sunrise.

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